It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is around the corner. I’ve been busy working on lots of projects around here, going at a steady pace and enjoying that feeling of nesting. And I can’t wait to share some of my progress on my office re-do and my kitchen.
But today I needed a dose of escapism and what better topic is there… than to chat about your Thanksgiving table. I so enjoy setting a pretty table and I like to help you do it too.
Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?
We’re headed to my parents home for the holiday and Mom has already mentioned she’s using dark burgundy and gold on her table. I think jewel colored napkins and metallic shades are perfect partners and it’s so easy to grab a spray can of gold or silver or bronze and add those shiny details.
I actually have these dark purple napkins which is why I was drawn to this tablescape.
Look how easy this centerpiece is…you could do this. Magnolia leaves and persimmons down the center of the table with fresh flowers that pick up the colors in your napkins.
And of course, candles.
Maybe because I’ve been so busy this season but lately I’m in the mood for simplicity and this table fits the bill. Piling creamy colored pumpkins and gourds in the middle of your table and using greens to fill in the gaps is easy to do and looks so pretty with votive candles.
If you’re not lucky enough to have a collection of fancy fake pumpkins (I don’t) you can still achieve this look.
Glam up your pumpkins with spray paint and glitter and lay them on straw colored raffia for a textured look. Press leaves from your yard in books overnight, and use these for your placecards. Simply use a gold pen to write the name of each guest on the leaf.
Simple and pretty.
Or… spray pinecones gold and use these as your place cards.
Do you want to convey a personal message on your Thanksgiving table but lack these cool black plates? This is what you do. Turn over a salad plate and trace a circle on black construction paper and then cut out the circles. Write out your message with a gold pen and place these on each dinner plate.
Voila! The same look for pennies.
Here’s a table set with gold everywhere for a dramatic effect.
I haven’t done this one yet, but here’s another idea for easy placecards. Make a slit in the stem of a miniature pumpkin and slip your guest’s name inside.
This is a wire shaped into a circle with a piece of fresh rosemary tied to it, you can hide the wire with the green leaves and a ribbon on top.
I think this is lovely don’t you?
However.. if you’re in a time crunch or you’ve got a small army invited for dinner, keeping your table decor simple doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice beauty.
You can never go wrong with fresh flowers and candles and a few pieces from the farmer’s market…
And before I go I have to share a favorite.
This table setting is not simple but I’m crushing on the details of this elegant look…the woven placemats against the black tablecloth, the white napkins with this chic dinnerware…and the use of a white pen on black paper for simple placecards…it’s perfect.
It’s such a different look for Thanksgiving, maybe that’s why I’m loving it.
Do you have a favorite here?
I sure hope I’ve given you some ideas you can use
…but mostly I hope my blog has been a happy place for you today.
And that later you find time in your busy schedule to stop yourself and simply dwell on the good moments that have happened in your day.
Wishing you a peaceful November day,